C H A PTER SIX
“A special statutory authority should be established re s p o n s i b l e t o t h e a p p ro p r i a t e Pa r l i a m e n t fo r e c o l og i c a l protection and the control of researc h and development w i t h i n t h e G r e a t B a r r i e r R e e f P r o v i n c e .”
Royal Commission into exploratory and production drilling for petroleum in the area of the Great Barrier Reef, 1974
‘an assessment of the existing measures to protect and manage the ecosystem …’ within the Great Barrier Reef Region, Section 54(3)(f) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
EXISTING PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT
6 EXISTING PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT
How effectively the Great Barrier Reef is protected and managed strongly influences the resilience of the ecosystem. Many government agencies, stakeholders and community members contribute to protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef, both on the water and in the catchment. A broad assessment of the effectiveness of the management activities currently undertaken by all these contributors is an important component in determining the major risks that remain for the Great Barrier Reef and predicting its outlook.
6.1.1 Roles and responsibilities
Protection and management within the Region Both the Australian and Queensland Governments have direct legislative responsibilities within the Great Barrier Reef Region (figure 6.1). The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 establishes a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and governs its operations. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority manages the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (see Map 1). This Commonwealth marine protected area is complemented by the Queensland Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park in adjacent Queensland waters. The main events in management of the Great Barrier Reef since the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority are set out in figure 6.2.... [continues]
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